Season 2 Episode 18

The One Where Dr. Ramoray Dies

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 21, 1996 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Only on Television: A soap opera writer can't decide on his/her own to kill off a main character. A pivotal event such as that would first have to be approved by the producers. We learn from Joey that in the coming episodes his character goes to Venezuela, meets his half-brother Ramon and finds a cursed emerald. All the work already done in preparation for that storyline would now have to be scrapped. Said another way, it's the writer who would have been fired, not Joey.

    • Goof: Both Ross and Richard would have been pretty certain they were going to have sex that night, yet neither of them brought protection. Why would they take for granted that the girls would provide it? In Richard's case, he can be forgiven since the plan to stay at Monica's was sprung on him at the last minute--normally, they stay at his place--but Ross really has no excuse.

    • Continuity: In this episode, Monica can't have sex with Richard because Rachel is using the last condom, but in "The One Where Eddie Moves In", it's mentioned that Monica uses a diaphragm as contraception.

    • Continuity: Richard reveals to Monica that he's only slept with two women: his ex-wife and Monica. Shortly thereafter, Ross makes a similar reference to Rachel about "both women" he's slept with. However, in a previous episode, it was confirmed that Ross slept with Julie (at least "twice!"), so that makes Carol, Julie, and now Rachel, a total of three women.

    • Phoebe's Song:
      "Crusty Old Man" 
       And a crusty old man said, 
       "I'll do what I can,"
       and the rest of the rats played maracas.

    • Continuity: Monica says she straightened out Joey's shower curtain. However, "The One Where Eddie Moves In" shows that Joey's bathroom has a translucent shower door, not a curtain.

    • Trivia: In this episode we see a lot more of Monica and Rachel's apartment, including both their bedrooms as well as the interior of the bathroom.

    • Goof: When Chandler and Eddie are trying to recall the capital of Cambodia, a boom mike is visible above Eddie's head.

  • Quotes

    • Phoebe: (watching Days of Our Lives on TV) Okay, which one is she?
      Rachel: That's Brad's widow.
      Phoebe: And why is she so upset?
      Rachel: 'Cause she just found out she was cut out of the will.
      Phoebe: Uh! Doesn't she know you can't define yourself in terms of money? ...that it's about values and morals and your ability to give and receive love.
      Rachel: No.

    • Rachel: (after watching Days of Our Lives) So what happens next?
      Joey: Well, I get the medical award for separating the Siamese twins... then Amber and I go to Venezuela to meet our other half brother "Ramon"... and that's where I find the world's biggest emerald... It's really big... but it's cursed...
      Chandler: God, that is good TV!

    • Chandler: (about foosball) C'mon, Pheebs! with me!
      Phoebe: No! This game is grotesque! ...Twenty armless guys joined at the waist by a steel bar, forced to play soccer forever?! Ah... hello! Human-rights violation!

    • Phoebe: Hi, um, I just thought that it would be fun if the three of us had some beers and got to know each other.
      Eddie: Yeah, alright... That sounds alright.
      Phoebe: Oh, good, okay... Oh, no! I have to go because I'm late for my, um, "Green Eggs and Ham" discussion group. Um... tonight it's why he would not eat them on a train. Have fun--bye!

    • Chandler: (to Eddie) So, you, uh... you think that Speed Racer guy gets a lot of tickets?

    • Monica: Y'know, I was thinking... Y'know how we always stay at your apartment? Well, I thought maybe tonight... we'd stay at my place.
      Richard: I don't know... I don't have my jammies.
      Monica: (seductively) Well, maybe you don't need them...
      Ross: (announcing to everyone) My baby sister, ladies and gentlemen!

    • Phoebe: Alright, I have to make a speech... (to Richard) I just want to say that of all the guys that Monica has been with--and that is a lot! ...I like you the best.
      Richard: Ahhh... Thank-you Pheebs! ...that's very sweet.
      Phoebe: (cheerfully) 'Kay...
      Richard: (to Monica) Hear that? She likes me best, and apparently there have been "a lot".
      Monica: Not "a lot"... (laughing uncomfortably) Phoebe's kidding... Phoebe's crazy!
      Rachel: (aside to Ross) Phoebe's dead...

    • Tilly: (at Chandler's door) I'm Tilly.
      Chandler: Oh.
      Tilly: I gather by that "Oh" that Eddie told you about me?
      Chandler: Oh yeah, your, uh, name came up in a, uh... conversation that terrified me to my very soul.

    • Monica: (to Richard, about the number of guys she's slept with) Well it wasn't that many guys. I mean, if you consider how many guys there actually are, it's a very small percentage.

    • Ross: (about the number of guys Rachel has slept with) So what... what's your magic number?
      Rachel: Uh, no.
      Ross: C'mon, you know everyone I've been with. All, both of them.
      Rachel: Well, there's you...
      Ross: Better not be doing these in order...

    • Rachel: Oh, please! That Paolo thing was barely a relationship... All it really was was just, y'know... meaningless animal sex! (after thinking about what she just said) ...Okay, y'know, that sounded so much better in my head.

    • Chandler: Eddie, I didn't sleep with your ex-girlfriend!
      Eddie: That's very interesting, y'know, 'cause that's exactly what someone who slept with her would say.

    • Richard: (about the women he's slept with) Alright, what about my "two"?
      Monica: Well, it just seems like a... really small number.
      Richard: Right. And...?
      Monica: And, well... Don't you have a lot of wild oats to sow? (thinking about it) ...Or is that what you're doing with me? ...Oh, my God! Am I an "oat?!"

    • Rachel: Ross, Ross, please listen to me! Ross, you are so much better for me than Paolo ever was! I mean... you care about me, you're loving, you make me laugh...
      Ross: Oh, hey, if I make you laugh, here's an idea... Why don't you invite Paolo over and have a little romp in the sack and I'll just stand in the corner and tell knock-knock jokes.

    • Monica: It's not gonna happen. They're doing it tonight, we can do it tomorrow.
      Richard: Uh, in the future, if I could see the schedule beforehand...

    • Chandler: (about Eddie) So, when I woke up this morning, he'd stolen all the insoles out of my shoes.
      Monica: Why?
      Chandler: Because he thinks I slept with his ex-girlfriend and killed his fish.
      Phoebe: Why would you kill his fish?
      Chandler: (facetiously) Because sometimes, Phoebe, after you sleep with someone... you have to kill a fish...

    • (The gang has just found out that Joey's been fired from Days of Our Lives)
      : (outside Joey's door, knocking) C'mon!
      Rachel: Joey!
      Ross: Open up... we wanna talk to you!
      Joey: (doesn't answer the door) I don't feel like talking.
      Rachel: (from outside the door) Oh, c'mon, Joey! We care about you...
      Chandler: We're worried about you...
      Monica: ...and some of us really have to pee!

    • Rachel: (about Joey's Days of Our Lives character having been killed) Well, maybe they can find a way to bring you back.
      Joey: Nah... They said that when they found my body, my brain was so smashed in that the only doctor that could have saved me was me... Supposed to be some kind of irony or something.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Richard: No! You have got it completely wrong! John Savage was Deer Hunter--no legs, Jon Voight was Coming Home--couldn't feel his legs.
      Ross: No-no. No way! You've got it totally the other way around, my friend.
      The Deer Hunter, starring John Savage, and Coming Home, starring Jon Voight, were both movies about the Vietnam War released in 1978. For the record, Richard is correct.

    • Phoebe: Soap Opera Digest! Oh, that's one of my favorite digests. 
      Soap Opera Digest is a weekly magazine covering American daytime soap operas
      and the off-screen lives of the actors appearing on them. It's first issue came out in November of 1975, and interestingly enough, Jennifer Aniston's father, John Aniston, was featured on the cover. At that time, John Aniston was a cast member of the soap opera, Love of Life. Following that, he became a star of the real Days of Our Lives.

    • Chandler: (to Eddie's ex-girlfriend) Can I ask you, is Eddie a little--?
      Eddie: (suddenly appearing) A little what?
      Chandler: ...bit country? Or, y'know... a little bit rock 'n roll?
      Chandler was referring to "I'm A Little Bit Country" the theme song from Donnie and Marie.

    • Phoebe: Oh, no. I have to go 'cuz I'm late for my Green Eggs and Ham discussion group.
      Green Eggs and Ham is a book by well-known children's author, Dr. Seuss.

    • Chandler(about an ex-girlfriend) I broke up with her... She actually thought that "Sean Penn" was the capital of Cambodia.
      Sean Penn is the actor who starred in such movies as Dead Man Walking and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He was briefly married to Madonna. In the worlds-collide department, Sean Penn would later guest star on Friends in "The One with the Halloween Party" and "The One with the Stain". By the way, the capital of Cambodia is "Pnom Penh".